Battleground Lake and Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 6.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1553.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 916 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 203097 feet

A cloudy cool day that turned to rain, and then the sky cleared at the end of the hike.  Such a nice Fall day and enjoying all the leaves on the ground.  The park was practically empty, except for some people fishing on the shoreline and in some boats.  I think they’re logging part of the large private lot north of Battleground Lake State Park as I heard heavy equipment, that sounds like logging machines, but didn’t see trees falling…yet? Just depressing how much is being developed in this county, and land being converted from farms/forest to asphalt and homes. 😦

I talked with a state park volunteer about the Ivy he was pulling down from some trees.  He said that the battle was lost, as this invasive vine was just too widespread throughout the park.  He also mentioned that the Holly was everywhere.  Still, the need exists to remove as much as possible!